60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train + bus:  5​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
8
Hyeres, France
— 4 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
12
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Cami are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation maker tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Matthias Church and House of Terror Museum. Head to Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Streetfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, ponder the world of politics at Parliament, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Budapest sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for much colder nights in Budapest, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mala strana and Lobkowicz Palace. Let the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and The Powder Tower capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, make a trip to Charles Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, and get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Prague road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in September: highs in Prague hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Basilica di San Marco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and Ponte dei Sospiri. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, browse the collection at Museo Correr, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice route builder .

You can fly from Prague to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in October; daily highs in Venice reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Storico and Palazzo Vecchio. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Santa Croce and Piazza del Campo. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Siena Cathedral (in Siena). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido Capo di Conca. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ravello: Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo), Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ravello online holiday maker .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in October since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Le Vigne di Raito, Spiaggia di Atrani, Spiaggia Lannio, Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Civita di Bagnoregio and Galleria Borghese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Duomo di Orvieto in Orvieto, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip maker website .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hyeres.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

4
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste and Vieille Ville. Relax by the water at La plage and Heraclee Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage du Debarquement, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc and stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres driving holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rome to Hyeres in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Croix-Valmer, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, La Ponche Beach
Highlights from your plan
La plage ©
La plage
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage du Debarquement ©
Plage du Debarquement

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Castelo dos Mouros and Castelo de S. Jorge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Quinta da Regaleira and Jeronimos Monastery. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra, approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, see the interesting displays at National Tile Museum, and shop like a local with Avenida da Liberdade.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey builder tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hyeres to Lisbon in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hyeres to Lisbon. In October in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sainte-Chapelle and Île de la Cité. Le Marais and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip app .

Getting from Lisbon to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in October; daily highs in Paris reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort George and Glen Strathfarrar. For shopping fun, head to Ferintosh Community Market or Castle Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Abernethy National Nature Reserve (in Nethy Bridge), Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's lots more to do: get all the information you need at Culloden Battlefield, identify plant and animal life at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, and explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Inverness online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Inverness takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Paris in November since evenings lows in Inverness dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beauly, Drumnadrochit, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Abernethy National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Let the collections at Royal Palace and Skansen capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Vasa Museum and ABBA The Museum. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), admire the striking features of Thiel Gallery (Thielska Galleriet), and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip app .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Stockholm takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Inverness in November, plan for little chillier days in Stockholm, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg road trip website .

Fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg. When traveling from Stockholm in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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